Athens Veterinarian Receives Distinguished Career Achievement Award

Contact: Dawn Noufer,
Communications Associate
Texas Veterinary Medical Association
8104 Exchange Drive
Austin, Texas 78754
Phone: 512/452-4224
Fax: 512/452-6633


AUSTIN—Athens veterinarian John M. Morton, DVM, of Morton Small Animal Clinic received the Distinguished Career Achievement Award at the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) Annual Conference on February 28. The Distinguished Career Achievement Award is given to the veterinarian who has displayed outstanding professional performance across a full career in veterinary practice, as nominated by TVMA members and selected by the TVMA Awards Committee.

A 1969 graduate of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Morton first established his clinic as a mixed animal practice in 1972 before converting it to an exclusively small animal clinic in 1985. Together with his son, James Morton, DVM, Dr. Morton also runs Brookhollow Veterinary Clinic, a small animal practice in Palestine. “I work harder now and enjoy practice more than I ever have,” said Dr. Morton. “It has truly been a blessing to me to be able at this age to ‘start over’ [with Brookhollow].” 

Dr. Morton’s full and productive career has been punctuated by notable leadership and contributions to the veterinary field. In addition to his role as TVMA president in 2011, Dr. Morton has held leadership roles in the East Texas Veterinary Association, United Methodist Church, Henderson County Fair Board, the County Extension Service’s equine subcommittee and Athens Public School’s Renaissance Leadership Committee. In 2006, Dr. Morton was named a Mark Francis Fellow by the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the school recognized him as an outstanding alumnus in 2010.

Charles R. Pipes, DVM, DABVP, the TVMA member who nominated Dr. Morton and a past recipient of the award himself, said, “Dr. Morton, now 70 years of age, has worked faithfully at the helm to provide high-quality, compassionate veterinary medicine for his many patients, and he continues to be quite progressive with his vision for the future direction of his practice.”

Each year, the members of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association gather at the Annual Conference to participate in veterinary continuing education and to recognize those in the veterinary field who have excelled throughout the year. These awards, for categories such as Equine Practitioner of the Year and Veterinary Technician of the Year, recognize and encourage outstanding practice and exemplary service in the field of veterinary medicine.

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